How Your Middle Name Could Hurt Your Credit

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How Your Middle Name Could Hurt Your Credit

How Your Middle Name Could Hurt Your Credit

In the movie “J. Edgar,” there is a scene when the main character is denied credit at a men’s clothing store because “John Hoover” owes the store money. Dicaprio’s character explains that he was named after his father, John, but he also sometimes goes by the name Edgar. When pushed to choose just one name,… Read More

How to Create a 10-Year Plan for Your Credit

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How to Create a 10-Year Plan for Your Credit

How to Create a 10-Year Plan for Your Credit

When we think of our credit, we often think of “right now” credit. That is, we’re thinking of what our current credit score is and whether it will allow us to open the credit account (i.e. mortgage, car loan, student loan, etc.) that we need… and we’re thinking about what immediate changes we can make… Read More

The Credit Tool Everyone Forgets About

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The Credit Tool Everyone Forgets About

The Credit Tool Everyone Forgets About

When working to build your credit, there are some well-known best practices and “standard operating procedures” that you have probably read about frequently: Get copies of your credit reports and review them for errors, work with debt collectors, pay down debt, check your credit score regularly for changes (which you can do for free using Credit.com’s… Read More

3 Accounts That Could Hurt Your Credit Score

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3 Accounts That Could Hurt Your Credit Score

3 Accounts That Could Hurt Your Credit Score

If you ask most people what types of credit accounts can hurt your credit score, almost everyone will tell you that your credit cards have a huge impact. That is true – credit cards do impact credit scores (both negatively AND positively). Other accounts that impact your score that might typically come to mind are… Read More

How Technology Can Help You Build Credit

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How Technology Can Help You Build Credit

How Technology Can Help You Build Credit

Is life getting busier? It seems to be. Parents with school-aged children seem to be busier than I was when my daughter was young (she’s just starting college this month!), and I think I was busier than my parents were when I was a child. I’m not here to tell you that things should slow… Read More

5 Habits That Can Wreck Your Credit

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5 Habits That Can Wreck Your Credit

5 Habits That Can Wreck Your Credit

Have you ever driven home from work and then not remembered a thing about your drive? Have you ever stepped on the scale and wondered how those extra pounds appeared? Blame it on habits. Habits are those activities we do unconsciously because we’ve done them so many times before. We’re not even fully aware when… Read More

4 Credit Tips to Finish Summer Well

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4 Credit Tips to Finish Summer Well

4 Credit Tips to Finish Summer Well

It’s nearly the end of summer. The kids will be returning to school shortly. You’ll probably be returning to work (or to a slightly different schedule at work once everyone finishes off their vacation time). You’ll say goodbye to the beachwear and the flip-flops and the sunscreen. In these last couple of weeks, it can… Read More

How a Stolen Phone Can Affect Your Credit

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How a Stolen Phone Can Affect Your Credit

How a Stolen Phone Can Affect Your Credit

You’ve enjoyed a great day out – shopping, grabbing a coffee with friends, maybe a quick stop at the park to walk the dog. But then as you walk into the house, you have a sudden panicked feeling … Where is your cellphone? According to a recent study by Lookout Labs, $30 billion worth of… Read More

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